Piano Maker Directory

The 'Short Histories' presented here are a useful first reference point for those interested in the history of some of the great names of the piano world.

These piano-pioneers, dedicated themselves to producing the very best pianos possible, often facing fierce competition. Such rivalry provides that extra drive to succeed and excel.   

These stories demonstrate how talent, technical understanding and sheer determination will overcome the formidable odds.
As a general overview:

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Top Piano Manufacturers
Top piano manufacturers enjoy the enviable advantages of a named brand. Steinway, Bluthner, Bechstein, Fazioli and Bosendorfer and others, have earned their reputations by doing what they do best: building great pianos!

Piano Names
A Broadwood piano in referred to in at least one of Jane Austen's novels. In the early 19th century  pianos were status symbols. Being able to play one was praised by sophisticated society.

Bechstein

Bentley

Bluthner






Ibach    




















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